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In the 1931 film, Frankenstein, Henry Frankenstein and his assistant use an abandoned watchtower equipped as a laboratory to piece together a human body with parts collected from various sources. Had the workers done a hazard assessment they would have discovered that key hazard was a tesla coil, a device that produced the high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity necessary to bring their subject to life.

Oregon OSHA’s laboratory standard would not arrive on the scene for another 40 years. Although the standard (1910.1450) does not specifically cover tesla coils, it does emphasize prudent work practices and effective personal protection.

Learn more about the laboratory standard in Oregon OSHA’s, Preventing Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories.

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